The Great Canadian Mail Race

Write  a letter about yourself, your: life, hopes, dreams, family, pets, favourite memories etc. Be sure to get below the surface – explain your events and feelings, give examples. Inspire a response – the first one to get a reply will win a TBD prize.

This is the letter I’ll send along with yours.

Dear fellow grade six teacher,

I would like to introduce you to a fun and educational writing activity for your entire class called “The Great Canadian Mail Race”. I am a grade six teacher from Toronto, Ontario. This activity was sent to us from a school in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Prior to that, the activity was passed down from schools in Coaldale, Alberta; Blind River, Ontario; Thunder Bay, Ontario; Riverton, Manitoba; and Leask, Saskatchewan. Wow! what a journey! My class is now participating and we are sending it to you.

Please keep it going around our beautiful country. If you are not interested, please pass it to another teacher who is.

This is how it works:

  1. Read my student’s letter to your class.
  2. Have one of your students respond to my student’s letter by writing back to our school.
  3. Have all of the other students in your class write a letter to any grade five student anywhere in Canada.
  4. The students choose the town or city that they would like to send their letter to.
  5. Address the envelopes as follows:

The Great Canadian Mail Race

Any grade 6 class

Name of school

Name of city or town

Postal code

When sending the letters, place a copy of the letter that you will write (similar to this one), with your student’s letters.

This is the race part- the student that gets the quickest reply is the winner of the race in your class. I hope your students will participate. My class loved this activity and was extremely excited to send their letters to other students in Canada. It is also, an excellent lesson for Language Arts, Social Studies, and Health.

We look forward to hearing from you.



Robert Beattie

Grade 6 teacher

Gateway PS, Toronto


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